Learning Center Faculty
ATN has both Founding Faculty, who create and present ATN-produced webinars and Life Application sessions and Guest Speakers who bring webinars, workshops and presentations related to attachment & trauma to our Center.
Meet Our Founding Faculty.
Lark Eshleman Patterson, Ph.D. is an author, educator and consultant whose expertise is working with children and teens who have experienced early emotional trauma, attachment difficulties, neglect and abuse. She is a Certified School Psychologist and Board Certified in Domestic Violence by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, and has had successful careers as an elementary school principal and as a children’s librarian.
Dr. Eshleman founded the Institute for Children and Families (ICF), a leading treatment center in Pennsylvania. The Center proved extraordinarily successful in providing innovative treatment for children and families in the underserved population of adoption, foster care, and childhood trauma. At ICF, Dr. Eshleman developed the STAT™ model of treatment: Synergistic Trauma and Attachment Therapy. For nine years she served on the Board of Directors of the international organization ATTACh (Association for the Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children).
Dr. Eshleman is trained and highly experienced in Theraplay®, EMDR, EEG Biofeedback (Neurofeedback), Attachment and Narrative Therapy, Trauma Art Narrative Therapy (TANT), family and individual psychotherapy, and school psychology for children with significant trauma and attachment issues.
In 1997 she worked with Rotary International, and the Rotary Club of Lancaster, PA to develop a treatment and professional training center in Croatia after the Balkan war. From 1997 through 2000 she volunteered more than 10 months at the center. She was invited to Singapore in 2007 & 2008 to teach to a broader audience of Asia and Australia.
Her publications include, Healing Emotional Trauma: Treating the Wounded Child, 3rd ed. (2009), a community-based response program for children who have been affected by war and organized violence; a video, RAD: Solving the Puzzle (2001), which received recognition in the science and medicine division of the Telly Awards. Lark’s book, Becoming a Family: Promoting Healthy Attachments with Your Adopted Child (Taylor Publishing Company) was published in 2003, and was updated and re-published in paperback in 2005. She has been a contributor to family and professional magazines and journals, contributes a column to Fostering Families Today, and was recently highlighted in the 3rd edition of the 2009 textbook The Development of Children published by Worth Publishers.
KenAfter completing his BA in English, Ken Huey received a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Florida State University. He then earned his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University. Dr. Huey has been working with troubled youth for 14 years. He started his career in the helping professions as a therapist in community mental health. He then spent time in a private practice focusing on family preservation/in-home therapy. As part of that practice he also worked on custody evaluations and provided expert witness testimony for courts in Indiana. Dr. Huey moved to Utah and began work with troubled youth in a residential treatment setting. He joined Provo Canyon School at the beginning of 2003 and was named as their Director of Business Development in June of 2004. He left Provo Canyon in July of 2005 and joined West Ridge Academy as their Director of Clinical Services.
In November of 2006, Dr. Huey launched CALO (Change Academy Lake of the Ozarks). CALO is a residential treatment center located in Missouri that focuses on issues of emotion, trauma, and attachment. CALO treats teens from 13 to 18 years of age. Dr. Huey has presented at conferences around the country on issues of parenting, couples communication, and residential care. He and his wife, Jo, live in remote Linn Creek, Missouri with their 6 children. Prior to the Huey family arriving in Linn Creek, the population was 280. The Huey family increased the Linn Creek population by 3% (288). Chiggers and ticks are their only neighbors.
In 1999, when Julie began looking for answers to her newly adopted daughter’s extreme behaviors and met Nancy Spoolstra, she never dreamed that a decade later she would be the Executive Director of ATN. Julie is responsible for the daily operations of the organization, coordinating the efforts of all the other directors, and acting as spokesperson for the organization. Prior to ATN, Julie was the president of a marketing and communications consultancy, The Epiphany Group, and has over two decades of experience in professional services marketing, strategic planning and communication strategies. As a graduate of Partners in Policymaking and through personal experience, Julie has garnered a great deal of experience in the areas of special education, school issues, and disabilities advocacy. A published author, Julie wrote a chapter in the EMK Press Adoption Parenting book and was the special needs blogger at Adoptionblogs.com for two years. She frequently presents workshops on attachment and trauma to adoptive and foster groups.
Julie holds a BS in Secondary Ed (English/Speech/Theatre) from Northwest Missouri State University and an MBA from Avila College in Kansas City and was a Certified Professional Services Marketer. Julie, and her husband Dave, are parents to four (bio, step and adoptive), including their youngest daughter, adopted from China. Their daughter’s attachment difficulties and developmental trauma disorder have changed their lives significantly…in amazing ways.
Anna is a professional interior designer, educator, and therapeutic parent. She has been practicing design for over 30 years, taught at the college and university level for 15 years, and been a therapeutic parent since 2002. She holds a Master’s of Science in Family and Environmental Sciences – this was an interdisciplinary course of study with an emphasis in interior design, specifically: spirituality and environments, family systems, and adult/consumer education.Her practice is based on an understanding of the multi-dimensional nature of individuals, families and organizations and is focused on how their needs can vary based on personality, behavior, and beliefs.
Anna became a mother through adoption in 2002. Because her son spent the first 4 ½ years of his life in a Ukrainian orphanage, he was severely injured in body, mind, and spirit due to his experiences in early childhood.Anna’s focus shifted from her career to learning everything she could about her child’s issues and understanding how to help him. Through the process of learning to parent therapeutically, she became educated, trained and experienced in a range of therapies and techniques related to parenting children with issues of trauma and attachment. Like so many who are parenting children with these disorders, Anna has had to grapple with the difficulties of trying to find support and help through the school district, government run institutions and society in general.She has successfully navigated through a seemingly endless number of IEP’s, two fair hearings with the school district, plus gaining and maintaining in-home support services for her son.
Over the last few years, Anna has used her background and experiences to provide workshops, training, strategic planning and curriculum development for various organizations, caregivers and parents working with issues of attachment and trauma. She designed the curriculum for ATN’s Learning Center webinars and co-authored the Parenting Cards. Anna is trained in the Community Resiliency Model (CRM) through the Trauma Resource Institute (TRI).
Jane and her husband are the parents of three daughters. A former litigator for fifteen years, Jane “retired” when their youngest joined the family at the age of twelve months. Waiting through two years of prayer and paperwork to meet their new daughter gave Jane ample time to read up on attachment in adoption, and she thought she was prepared for what lay ahead; she knew that parenting this new child be different from parenting her biological children. Little did she know that what was “sold” in the mainstream media as the psychology of adoptive children was outdated, scientifically unfounded and bound up by old stereotypes.
By the time their daughter was three, Jane and her husband were struggling with how to parent this child who never seemed to sleep or sit down. She was indeed different from what they had expected through pre-adoption training. Things became even more challenging when the family moved to Singapore for her husband’s job. By age four, their daughter was diagnosed with sensory processing disorder and began receiving OT. Her Occupational Therapist, a wise woman, pointed out that many adoptive children have the same behaviors. Now Jane’s interest was piqued for sure: what was the root of these similar behaviors; how do you heal these children’s hearts and minds; how can other parents be educated about the consequences of attachment and trauma issues so they can head off any issues right from the start?